The Foundation seeks to work in partnership with marginalised communities to deliver sustainable development projects with a particular emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene.
Project Management and Sustainability:
- All projects are considered with regard to costings and potential impact and benefit for communities. In May 2016 EF set up EF Tanzania with its headquarters in Biharamulo with a permanent staff of two. This development has significantly helped in the work and oversight of projects undertaken in the two districts that EF is focussed on.
- All EF projects are visited by Allister Carey and other directors of EF during the six monthly visits to ensure they are progressing and developing as planned with the relevant community involvement. Regular reporting is also provided by EF Tanzania.
- Collected over 2,900 bicycles for distribution by Re-Cycle in various African countries.
- Financed the installation of close to 100 improved water sources in Chato and Biharamulo Districts in Tanzania benefitting an estimated 75,000 individuals. A deep borehole supplying clean water to a health centre at Muganza in Chato District was provided during 2019.
- Completed the construction of a dispensary/health centre at Mutundu Village, Chato District providing approximately 19,000 individuals with easier access to basic health care facilities. This was partly funded by a grant from Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission.
- Improved sanitation and hygiene facilities at a total of 12 schools in Chato and Biharamulo Districts. Additionally and with the help of Guernsey charity, Only Fools and Donkeys, a classroom was completed at Biharamulo School for Disabled Children.
- Provision of bicycles at a number of secondary schools for students facing excessively long journeys.
- Other activities include distribution of solar lights to replace the use of kerosene lamps.
- In August 2016 a pilot scheme was introduced through two schools in Biharamulo for SODIS and hygiene. With the help of a grant from Guernsey Overseas Aid this pilot scheme led to the introduction of an education programme introducing solar disinfection of water and hand washing into 30 schools in 2017 involving around 25,000 students. In 2018 the second phase will be to take that education into the communities surrounding the schools during the first 6 months. The estimated number of residents that this programme will reach is conservatively around 70,000. This project has since been extended into Chato District.
- The Foundation has established strong and effective relationships with local District Government officials in both Chato and Biharamulo and also with the many local communities where it is working.
- EF has also helped one or two individuals and families along the way. These are ad hoc situations that EF has come across in its travels but is not a core element of its objectives but purely from a human aspect of not being able to ignore the situation presented.
The impact of these projects is producing an improvement in health with the effect that children’s attendance at school is improved, expenditure on medication is reduced and there is more time and resources for productive activities.